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WARNING: Don't use ear plugs!

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by daniel1948, Apr 13, 2009.

  1. captain

    captain Captain

    This begs to ask two questions. Are currently trained divers not cautioned about the use of ear plugs. This was covered in training in the past.
    Second, if the objective of ear plugs is to keep water out of the ear how exactly can vented plugs prevent this. In my opinion ear plugs supposedly designed for diver is no more than an advertising money making gimmick.
  2. knowone

    knowone Regular of the Pub

    WARNING: Scuba diving is dangerous!

    Tilt head ear down and hop on one leg.

    It's not sport, it's life support!
  3. HowardE

    HowardE Diver

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Boca Raton, Florida
    I use the Doc's Proplugs (http://www.proplugs.com/) all the time now, and I'll say this.

    1) They work
    2) It's easier for me to clear my ears
    3) I haven't had an ear infection since.

    Before I used them, I had problems clearing when I would be diving 20 times a week (I don't have the best sinuses). Also last year, I had 2 ear infections (before I started using Doc's).

    I highly recommend them to anyone who asks me about them.
  4. ScubaSteve

    ScubaSteve Wow.....what a DB

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Acton, Ontario
    I do not personally use the plugs however I dive with 3 people minimum that would say exactly what Howard has (except the frequency of diving). Doc's ProPlugs for divers work for MANY divers out there and while this may not explain the "Why", it is known by many as true.
  5. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    They let very little water in, and none that gets far into the ear, because they prevent
    water from just rushing in there. You also can move your head around, sideways, etc. -- any direction and no more water than the usual small amount will slosh in there. This is not possible when just wearing a hood. Though I don't bother with the plugs with a hood on as the plugs tend to jostle out under the hood. I just try not to flip around with just the hood, as if I remain horizontal, it is as good as the plugs for keeping most water out.--Or almost as good.
  6. oncor23

    oncor23 Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Catskills, NY
    My experience with vented ProPlugs:

    Alone...no hood...keeps water out of ears up to 20 ft depth.

    thick, tight hood, 5 or 7mm, does about the same....no or little water in ears.

    Together...keeps water out of my ears down to maybe 40ft. Beyond that...a little water in ears, but certainly less than without the plugs.

    As for equalization...I prefer less water in my ears...equalization seems easier for me. Might be totally "in my mind", but as it is, I wear the plugs whenever I don't forget to bring them. :D
  7. Searcaigh

    Searcaigh Chromodoris gordonii Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Dubai, UAE
    I have to agree with Oncor regarding water in the ears making equalization easier.

    If I have not dived for a while I sometimes have some issues equalizing on the first dive, but on the second I usually have not problems.
  8. DeputyDan

    DeputyDan Great White

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: North Carolina
    I have used Doc's pro plugs (vented) on practically every dive since 2005 and have had no issues.
  9. rhwestfall

    rhwestfall Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: "La Grande Ile"
    then why did he run a waste disposal system through a playground?????? (there is a real old joke there) :cool2:
  10. oncor23

    oncor23 Marine Scientist

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Catskills, NY
    Follow up: Diving on Saturday past. Used Proplugs and tight 7mm hood. Went to 55 ft max depth. No water in ears. With a lighter, looser hood, water would have gotten in my ears...

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